• Pirates of Cape San Blas, Florida (1839)

    A desperate search for the pirates accused of mounting a bloody attack on the ship General Parkhill continued west from St. Marks in February 1839. See Pirates at St. Marks, Florida! for the story of the attack on the General Parkhill. The Revenue Service, predecessor of today’s U.S. Coast Guard, then had two revenue cutters at St. […]

  • Pirates at St. Marks, Florida!

    Piracy on the Gulf of Mexico had been almost wiped out by 1839. Almost… but not entirely! A dramatic pirate attack in Apalachee Bay off St. Marks caused an international sensation that year. It was a brutal reminder that the lure of freedom and riches still drew men to leave everything behind and pursue a […]